Doxel is a startup that has created systems to change the way construction is monitored and carried out. A company that produces artificial intelligence systems, they have proven their technology and now have strong financial support, as a $4.5 million funding round last week illustrates.
They are more than just a good idea. By combining proven technologies – namely robotics, artificial intelligence, and LIDAR imaging – Doxel has already worked with Kaiser Permanente to improve construction project planning and employee monitoring. Here’s how a Doxel robot works:
One of the company’s autonomous bots, capable of climbing stairs and navigating the terrain of a construction site, scans the daily progress through the use of LIDAR laser-scanning technology that is accurate down to a factor of millimeters. The site’s proven AI then monitors those images for quality and overall construction progress based in part upon the previous day’s scans. Then, construction teams are informed of the bot’s findings to make structural improvements, all while being held accountable for any inconsistencies in their work schedule.
Which begs the question, are foremen a thing of the past? Well, if Doxel’s tech has anything to do with the matter, eventually that answer will probably be ‘yes’. But for now, those foremen can rely upon Doxel to improve the quality and speed of their crew’s work, a combination that many may erroneously think incompatible.
Clients who employ Doxel’s services and bots may relish the productivity and cost savings as much as the quality control. On their site, Doxel boasts that they saved Kaiser Permanente 11% of their initial construction budget while increasing productivity 38% thanks to their smart bots. Those are numbers that are justifiably worth bragging about, just ask anybody who has dealt with slow, inefficient construction crews as proof.
The machines’ ability to monitor precisely how much work is done is used to calculate how much the client will be billed for daily goods and services, down to the cent. Their launch on January 23rd means that Doxel hopes that more and more construction companies will use their tech as a selling tool for their services. 26-year-old Doxel CEO Saurabh Ladha, a member of Forbes 2018 30 Under 30 in Enterprise Technology List, has a personal past that helped inspire the company he now runs.
Writing about his childhood witnessing what he, and more specifically his father, put on the line to build a factory in India, Ladha describes an experience that changed his perspective on how important timeliness in the construction sector is.
A couple of months in, I noticed that his fiery optimism was replaced with a tense, grim demeanor. I learned from my Mom that Dad was worried about delays in the project, Ladha wrote. The day my Mom switched our cereal brand for a cheap knockoff — my safety bubble burst. That feeling stayed with me. I started Doxel because my Dad’s experience was not unique.
He notes in that column that even today, 80% of construction projects end up over budget and 20 months behind schedule. He knows well the potential consequences of those delays, and it appears he has come up with a viable solution for spotting potentially devastating errors in often dimly lit construction spaces. That solution is called Doxel.